26th December 2011 Archive
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Era of the spaceplane ends, robot exploration continues
Despite budget cuts and the long-running diminishment of the glamour around space exploration, 2011 saw Russia, the US, Europe and even the UK were all plan, execute and in some cases spectacularly fail to execute missions to the stars. But the US budget cuts really made themselves felt: nowhere more poignantly than in the end …
Space 26 Dec 10:00
Returns from mercy dash to Sweden and UK on his own dime
The Australian Prime Minister and Attorney General may have shunned Julian Assange in his bid for justice, but Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has emerged as one of the Wikileaks founder’s core supporters. Ludlam has returned from a mission to Europe where he sought to secure some surety over Assange's human rights, if he is …
Law 26 Dec 21:00
Hackers hand intel outfit own head on plate
While L-tryptophanics were tucking in on Christmas day, private intelligence group Stratfor Global Intelligence was watching its reputation dissipate after online attackers copied e-mails and client lists. On Christmas Eve, the attackers announced that they had broken into Stratfor’s systems and obtained access to 200 GB of e- …
Security 26 Dec 21:30
Too late to patent the battery, after all
And the patent land-grab continues unabated, with Apple filing patent applications to forestall anybody else trying to plug smartphones into fuel cells. As far as El Reg can tell, Cupertino hasn’t actually built a fuel-cell-powered-cellphone, so we presume its two patent applications merely indicate directions in its research …
Mobile 26 Dec 23:34
- Analysis Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?
- Analysis Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?
- Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace
- Tablet? Laptop? HP does the splits with Tegra-based SlateBook x2
- NASA signs off on sampling mission to Earth-threatening asteroid